Reader Reviewed When I First Met You, Blue Kangaroo! by Emma Chichester Clark

When I First Met You, Blue Kangaroo!

Written by Emma Chichester Clark
Illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark

3+ readers   Baby and Toddler   
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‘Blue Kangaroo belongs to Lily’. The Blue Kangaroo books are modern classics, and Emma Chichester Clark one of our finest illustrators. This story, told to Blue Kangaroo by Lily, describes the beginning of their relationship. Lily’s little brother Jack had just been born and she was trying hard to be a good big sister. But looking after babies is a skill, and takes practice – enter Blue Kangaroo, delivered by Grandma. There are gentle messages about families, love and growing up in all the Blue Kangaroo stories, not least this one, while there’s a richness of colour to the illustrations that makes them seem to glow more brightly than ever. A really lovely book. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Ava Townsend, age 5 - 'I liked the book. It was fantastic and it made me laugh because it was funny.'
  • Trudy, age 5 - 'It's fantastic. I liked it when Lily's grandma gave her the kangaroo and I liked the end when blue kangaroo does his secret smile.'
  • Robyn & Sabrina Chorley, age 6 & 3 - 'A lovely book with a great story about a little girl learning to cope with responsibility of becoming a Big Sister. Gorgeous pictures too.'
  • Will Davies, age 3 - 'Best. Book. Ever.'


When I First Met You, Blue Kangaroo! by Emma Chichester Clark

How the friendship of a lifetime began! The ninth title in this hugely popular series featuring Lily and her loveable soft toy. When Lily gets a new baby brother, she soon discovers that it's not easy learning new things and helping to look after someone so small. But then Grandma brings her a very special surprise; someone who also needs to be cared for - Blue Kangaroo! And from the moment that Lily and Blue Kangaroo meet it is love!

The first book in this series, I Love You, Blue Kangaroo was shortlisted for the coveted Kate Greenaway award, and the series has sold over 280,000 copies in the UK alone.

Also in the Blue Kangaroo series:

Happy Birthday, Blue Kangaroo!

Where are You, Blue Kangaroo?


Praise for Come to School Too, Blue Kangaroo:

'[One of] the best books to deal with your child's pre-school nerves The Telegraph

Praise for I Love You, Blue Kangaroo:

'Presented in clear, bright colours, this is a charming tale about affection and sharing...' School Librarian

'The story is told with great sensitivity and gentleness and it is a profoundly satisfying and rewarding book.'

'I love you... would melt the stoniest heart. Blue Kangaroo is ousted from his place... by a procession of new toys. A tender and touching story for three to six year olds.' Sunday Telegraph

About the Author

Emma Chichester Clark

Emma Chichester Clark studied at the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art, where she was taught by Quentin Blake. She has worked as a freelance illustrator for various magazines including New Scientist, Cosmopolitan and The Sunday Times, for publishers and advertising agencies as well as teaching art for several years, and has also illustrated numerous book jackets.

In 1988 she won the Mother Goose Award for her first book, Listen to This!, an anthology compiled by Laura Cecil. She also won the Kate Greenaway medal in 1988. Since then, she has become internationally known, illustrating writers such as Roald Dahl, Peter Dickinson, Anne Fine and Margaret Mahy. Emma was the first winner of the newly created Grinzane Junior Award for I Love you, Blue Kangaroo.

Emma was born in London but raised in Ireland. She started drawing "just about as soon as I could hold a pencil. But I could never find enough paper and my mother wouldn't let me use her Basildon Bond. So secretly I used to tear the blank pages out of her grown-up books and draw on them and make my own little books."

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Book Info


32 pages
Interest Age: From 2


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HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

25th February 2016




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